I don’t mean to be provocative (and there’s nothing wrong with having an interest in food), but there is a serious serious connection between vegans/veganism and an obsession with all things food, and I just don’t get it. I understand it – it makes sense. I mean, veganism encourages you to look at food a little differently. You have to pick stuff up and get real close to it, and there’s a whole lot more cooking involved because:
- Vegan ‘ping’ meals don’t really exist
- Vegan oven meals are fucking expensive
So veganism gets a lot of people up close with food in both the shops and in the kitchen, but that doesn’t really explain why over half the vegan folk I know are obsessed with it. People gather together to discuss the texture of specific vegan cheeses, they talk about how to make the best chocolate cakes, about where the best vegan restaurants can be found.
Again, this isn’t a bad thing at all. I just don’t understand the attraction. For me, food is a substance that goes in your mouth and gives you energy for the day ahead. Baking, or making something unnecessarily complicated is only really fun for me when made and eaten in company. I guess then it becomes an activity to bond over?
Yet others experience food in a completely different way, some even see it as an art form. Is it a hobby? To enjoy food in such a way? To find the tastiest cheeses or the prettiest cakes? It’s one of those things like, I don’t know, religious faith, that I wish I could experience.
Only for one day though. I’d hate to turn into a religious zealot, or one of those pretentious foody types…